Craps can seem confusing and highly fast paced, but the game has just one bet that players should be familiar with in order to play successfully. This is called the Pass or PassLine Bet, which will be explained later.
Craps is one of the more social games one can play in a casino and offers some of the best odds in house, making it a potentially very profitable game. South African casinos will have a minimum and maximum bet for each table, although this will vary among casinos.
Online Craps is a good deal less stressful than the live game, as players have as much time as they need to place bets without heckling from other players or prompting from the stickman.
The Craps table online is laid out in exactly the same way, with clickable buttons for bet amounts, dice roll and “rebet”. A bar will show your bets, wins and losses.
To place your chips, click on the betting areas on the “table” – you will be able to bet only on the Pass and Don’t Pass line. Once you click the dice roll for the Come Out roll, the puck will then switch to “on” and you can place further bets and keep rolling until you reach the point or seven-out.
How to Play Craps
At one side of the Craps table in the center is a “boxman”. The boxman supervises the game and handles the cash. Opposite is the “stickman”, who pushes the dice around and controls the gameplay and speed and calls results.
Two dealers manage the bets, pay winners and collect money from losers. The player rolling the dice is called the “shooter”.
Most players will only play the PassLine bet, and this is the most important one to familiarise yourself with.
You’ll be given chips after putting cash down on the table, and a minimum bet for the table will usually be listed. Players base bets on a single roll or series of rolls.
Each player takes turns rolling the 2 dice, and each will win or lose on every player’s rolls.
To begin, the dealer turns the hockey puck to “off”, after which players can place their chips on the area marked “Pass Line”. This is why the bet is called the Pass. The shooter then rolls the dice. The first roll is called the Come Out roll. On the Come Out roll, if a player rolls a 7 or 11, he/she wins. If he/she rolls a 2, 3 or 12 (called Craps) it’s a loss.
On the second roll, if a player rolls a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10, they enter the Point round. So players either win, lose or enter the Point round.
In the Point round, the dealer turns the hockey puck to “on”, and places it on the number that was rolled. That number is called the Point. If the shooter rolls the Point again, the player wins. If he/she rolls a 7, the player loses. Rolling a 7 before rolling the Point again is called sevening-out. Each person keeps rolling until they seven-out.
Remember that only totals matter – if you roll a 4, that’s a 4 total between the 2 dice.
Since Craps is a social game, it’s recommended that you bet with the shooter in order to be a welcomed player at the table. Strategy rests then in learning the different betting options and placing bets as prudently as possible, as the outcome depends solely on the fall of the dice.
Variations in Craps lie in the types of bets possible. In addition to the Pass bet, there is the Odds bet, which is a side bet made after the Point is rolled. This type of bet pays 2 to 1 on rolls of 4 and 10, 3 to 2 on rolls of 5 and 9, and 6 to 5 on rolls of 6 and 8.
The Laying the Odds (or just Lay) bet is opposite of the Odds bet, in that the player bets that a 7 will be rolled before the Point.
There is also a Don’t Pass bet, which is essentially the opposite of the Pass bet. For example, if the Come Out roll is a 2 or 3, the player wins. If it is a 7 or 11, the player loses.
A Hard Way bet places a bet on both dice showing the same numbers, for example a 2-2.
However, most players choose to play the Pass bet and this is by far the most common in casinos everywhere. Beginners would be wise to start with the Pass bet and hone their game before attempting to learn the other variations.
Playing Craps online is a great way to bet with less time pressure and the ideal way to familiarise oneself with all the betting options that the table offers. The game is fun and as fast paced as you would like it to be, offering more control and good odds for beginners.